BT Vision CEO to step down
Dan Marks, CEO of BT Vision, has indicated he will step down from his position as head of the UK telco's IPTV platform at the end of this month, after expressing frustration at BSkyB's dominance of the UK pay-TV market.
Mr. Marks, who is expected to be replaced by Marc Watson, currently BT's Director of Content and Business Development, told The Telegraph that lower than expected take-up of the service is due to extremely limited access to live Premiership football: "I'm leaving BT Vision in a good position, but there are clearly some very big issues with pay-TV. There is frustration across BT that Ofcom has failed to engage the dominance of Sky in live Premiership football. Just look at what has happened with Setanta [the Irish sports broadcaster currently teetering on the brink of administration]."
When BT Vision launched in December 2006, Mr. Marks said the service aimed to have 2mn-3mn subscribers by 2010, and while it has secured nearly 500,000 customers in its two years of operation, it is almost certainly going to fall substantially short of this target. Part of the problem appears to be the lack of premium broadcast content - BT Vision uses a hybrid DTT/IPTV platform, using free-to-air channels for its linear content and piping on-demand content over BT's broadband network.